Father’s Day Hot Gifts

Have you even started thinking about Father’s Day? well best you do, as it will soon be upon us June 20th and we at the Accessories Council have been scouring New York to find the best gifts around. So here are a few of our top choices.

Kenneth Cole Cuff links at $40

These cuff links are just what any dad would want especially if he is a golfer, The best thing about this gift is that everyday that he wears them he can look at them and think  of you. They are gorgeous  by Kenneth Cole and a bargain at only $40 go to Kenneth Cole‘s website for stockists.

CK reversible Belt at only $45

If you have a little bit more money to spend how about this lovely belt by CK comes in Black leather and a steal at $45, what is more it is reversible.

A/X Armani Exchange Aviator Sun Glasses $65

I think these super Sun Glasses by A/X have to be my favorites, I know my dad will look uber chic in these and at only $65 I think they are an absolute steal. They are available online or for a list of stockists check the website Armani Exchange

Olympus FE-47 Digital camera, $119.99

Our top priced gift is the Olympus FE-47 Digital Camera, priced at $119.99 and I know my dad would love to have an easy to use camera. Capturing all those precious moments forever. For a list of stockist’s go the Olympus Website.

Mother’s Day “Tweet This! with Robert Verdi”

On May 4, Robert Verdi in conjunction with us here at the Accessories Council Tweeted Live at his Luxe Laboratory with 30-40 in-demand fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers to let the world in on what was hot for Mother’s Day. Robert was of course life and soul of the party and entertained us all with his funny stories whilst informing all the bloggers  with his how-tos on Mother’s Day Gifting and his must-haves for every type of Mom.

Twitter Party at Robert Verdi

Just some of the bloggers included our very own Accessories Council member Anne Agoren of izzi bag and as we all know that she was nominated for a ‘Shorty Award’ and reached the final 6 out of 250,000 nominees. Other bloggers included Lucky, Seventeen and  Cosmo magazines alongside Second City Style, Diva Moms,Fashion Pulse Daily and Aly Walansky.

Top New York Bloggers

Some of the products that were reviewed included the Brelli, a beautiful Umbrella which is made of 100% bio degradable parts, so not only is it uber-stylish but it is great for the earth too. Made from Bamboo, cotton and clear plastic so you can feel good about the long term effects on the environment by carrying this stylish Umbrella.

Robert looking Uber Stylish with the Brelli

Robert had his good friend Rebecca Cole there with her book, Paradise Found, and she entertained us all with her witty stories of travelling with Robert. You had to be there to understand the humour, but she made us all laugh at how Robert refuses to stand in line at airports. Rebecca told everyone how mother’s do not always want a bunch of flowers which will die in a week. It is more practical to buy mom a plant for the garden, which will grow year after year and more importantly plant it for her.

Rebecca Cole - Paradise Found

One of the gifts Robert talked about was the Clipa, this is for mom’s on the go, an instant handbag hanger. Honestly believe me the Clipa will extend the life of your handbag as it prevents it from sitting on the floor. With over a dozen finishes to choose from and you can hang it on your handbag when not in use which also means you are not routing around looking for it when needed. They are really sturdy and designed to hold the heaviest of handbags.

The Ultimate Handbag Saver - The Clipa

Marimekko, the internationally renowned Finish Design house brings it’s famous floral motif to Avon’s limited edition Crusade Tote. This gift has a double duty not only can you carry your belongings but also give to a worthy charity as 100% of the net profits from the sale of each bag is donated to Avon’s breast cancer crusade.

100% net profit donated to Avon's breast cancer crusade

Other brands that were talked about on the night were Ginger & Liz nail varnish, worn by many celebs, Banana Republic Sunglasses, Anne Klein Watch,  Skagen Bracelet which was so chic.

Everyone had a wonderful evening and it was great to hear that everyone agreed it was going to be a difficult decision in what to buy our mom’s for Mother’s day. I think my mom got almost one of everything!

Annual ACE Awards 2009

April 2010

The Accessories Council hosted the 13th Annual ACE Awards honoring individuals and companies who have furthered the awareness and use of accessories.  Annually, the ACE Awards are presented to designers, brands, retailers, celebrities and media who have helped to enhance sales and promote accessories at the consumer level.

Honorees included Burberry-Brand of the Year; Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta- Designer of the Year; Lady Gaga- Stylemaker Award; Diane Von Furstenberg- Accessory Visionary Award; Barbie-Fashion Icon; Fred Allard of Nine West-Influencer Award; Blake Mycoskie of Tom’s Shoes-Humanitarian Award; Zappos.com-Retailer of the Year; Gilt Groupe-Retail Innovation; Hal Rubenstein, Fashion Director of InStyle -Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism; and V Magazine-Magazine of the Year.

Guests and presenters included Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Nina Garcia, Molly Sims, Erin Wasson, Alexander Wang, Glenda Bailey, Christian Siriano, Steven Kolb, Agyness Deyn, Hilary Rhoda, Daisy Lowe, Hamish Bowles, Eric Daman (Costume Designer for Gossip Girl), Nicola Formichetti, Accessories Council Chairman Frank Zambrelli and Accessories Council President Karen Giberson

KEZA means Beautiful in Kinyarwanda

KEZA means ‘Beautiful’ in Kinyawanda, the native tongue of Rwanda, where KEZA was born. Our President of the Accessories Council met with them this week and  they sent some of their jewelry over for us to take a look at. I am posting some of the pictures below but here is their story.

KEZA JewelryKEZA us an ethically driven couture fashion label and business development firm. They develop 100% African owned and operated fashion businesses. KEZA sales enable businesses to earn an income that affords them school fees, health care, food, water, shelter and a path to dignity.

Paper Based Products

KEZA spent four years in Kigali, Rwanda creating the business and developed solid, replicable systems for the production of manuals, assembly lines, standardized material procedures etc.They learned to operate in a way that left as little of their American footprint in their work as possible.

100% African Owned

The fashion industry is a $298 billion per year market in the US alone and has been extremely resilient even through the recession. Westerners will always want to look and feel good. It’s part of the fabric of our society, on the other side of the world there are thousands of entrepreneurs searching for a viable business that will sustain their families. KEZA unites these two worlds.

$2000 provides income for 50 women and their families

Although Africa is known primarily for disease and poverty it is certainly not the full scope of the continent. KEZA believe that if they can showcase her beauty and excellence they might be able to change the expectations of their people. KEZA teaches their African partners to run their own businesses. They help them develop to the point of profitability, not just sustainability. They teach them how to sell locally and regionally and now internationally.

KEZA is a For-profit social venture

KEZA is a For-profit social venture

KEZA say that products are priced according to their international market value, not just what they can get away with purchasing them for. This price is far greater than what Fair Trade systems would require them to pay.

100% Paper Based

KEZA is a for profit social venture and when needed their foundation provides funding for school fees for the the children and family health care in order to create an environment conducive for doing business. When you give to the foundation, 100% of the funds go directly yo their partners.

What a wonderful story and we are really proud to be show casing their products. Take a look at their website http://KEZA.COM

A little help for Mother’s Day May 9th

The modern Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in May, though also in March, as a day to honor mother’s and motherhood. In the United States it was nationally recognized as a holiday in 1914 after a campaign by Anna Jarvis. In some countries, it follows the old traditions of Mothering Sunday. So if you have not decided what to get for your MOM then let us help you along the way.

Sprout Eco Friendly Bio-Degradable Watch

The Sprout Eco  friendly bio- degradable watch are lead and phthalate free.  Sprout™ watches use only Mercury Free batteries so for anyone feeling like being ‘Green’ this is a wonderful product. They come is so many colours so take a look at their website http://sproutwatches.com retails at $30 and is available at Amazon.com

Clipa Ring

How cool is this Handbag Clipa Ring, no longer have you got to put your handbag or purse on the floor in a bar or restaurant you can hang it right under the table where you are sitting. It is available in Silvertone or in Limited Edition Pink for Breast Cancer. When not in use it can just hang on your handle of your bag so that it is always there when you need it.The retail price point starts at $19.99 and available at  http://clipa.us

If your MOM is a jewelry fiend then how about this really pretty bracelet by Maxima, I have to say if my family are reading our blog then please take note you guys know what my name begins with.

John Wind initial Pom Pom braceletThis lovely bracelet retails at $80 and is available at http://maximalart.com

Of course if you like cozy and cutie jewelry then how about these beautiful necklaces from Alex Woo, I think the little Teddy Bear is so cool and if I had a little baby then would love to have this gift (Obviously Hubby would be buying) but they are super in either Silver or Gold or even with diamonds, so what do you think?

Alex Woo Jewelry

Necklaces by Alex Woo retail price starts at $168 and they are available at Henri Bendels or Bloomingdales. http://www.alexwoo.com/

Avon ToteThis Flowery Tote is really bright and spring looking is designed and produced by Finnish Brand Marrimekko and the most amazing thing is that AVON is donating 100% of the proceeds to Breast Cancer so at only $10 this is a steal buy just go to http://avon.com

Sock - a - bye- BabyAre these a lovely gift or what? soft socks for mom and baby they are divine, Soothe and comfort tired sole. great to use at home, hospitals, airplanes and hotel rooms. non-binding and perfectly plush with slip-free tread and retail at $39.95 from the Foot Petals and can be found at http://footpetals.com

MAXX NYC Wristlet purse

And finally how about this glazed faux wristlet purse the lining is really funky it is Zebra stripped, retailing at only $18 available in lots of bright summery colours and I am sure any MOM would find an occasion to use them. Go to http://maxxnewyork.com

So I hope that we have given you some ideas on what to get MOM for Mother’s day, make sure that she feels special and remember she is one in a million !

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